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pipsqueak Tue 23-May-06 22:21:56

good friend has just had a double mastectomy and is recuperating. she doesn't read a lot so am not sure about her taste but i would like to get her a sort of upbeat fairly light hearted book and am racking my brains as to what to get..she did do a degree in english lit but only reads stuff related to work and newspapers now as she works full time and has 4 dc. Any one got any ideas they would be willing to pass on? thanks xx

acnebride Tue 23-May-06 22:43:22

Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler? I was hoping for a plain old chick lit with this but it was higher quality than that so she might enjoy it. Actually I didn't love it! but lots of people did i think.

acnebride Tue 23-May-06 22:44:47

Ah, or Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy. Couldn't get on with Small Island but this was semi or completely autobiographical, frothy, plenty of interest and really enjoyable.

merlotmama Tue 23-May-06 22:56:01

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. Very funny and also well written. (See reviews on Amazon). Story of elderly dad who takes up with a floosie really, who wants British citizenship and a husband with money. His two daughters - who don't get on, being v. different types of people - unite to try and avoid disaster.Am assuming English lit degree would mean low tolerance for poor writing style! Also feel chick-lit type lightweight stuff might just not engage someone who currently has her own worries. There again, I could be completely wrong and she might feel froth only thing she can cope with at the moment!
Sending best wishes to your friend.

controlfreaky2 Tue 23-May-06 22:56:16

anything published by persephone. the most fantastic "forgotten" books reprinted. all marvellous and look beautiful. you can order online

pipsqueak Wed 24-May-06 01:09:34

thanks all for the suggestions .. I will have a look at them. grateful for your time /thoughts xxx

pipsqueak Wed 24-May-06 01:21:27

love the look of the persephone books controlfreaky ...am sorely tempted to slip a few in for myself!

controlfreaky2 Wed 24-May-06 22:36:21

have yet to see a duff one. lovely present. glad you liked the look of them

controlfreaky2 Wed 24-May-06 22:36:21

have yet to see a duff one. lovely present. glad you liked the look of them

controlfreaky2 Wed 24-May-06 22:36:26

have yet to see a duff one. lovely present. glad you liked the look of them

controlfreaky2 Wed 24-May-06 22:36:28

have yet to see a duff one. lovely present. glad you liked the look of them

controlfreaky2 Wed 24-May-06 22:36:28

have yet to see a duff one. lovely present. glad you liked the look of them

controlfreaky2 Wed 24-May-06 22:36:28

have yet to see a duff one. lovely present. glad you liked the look of them

controlfreaky2 Wed 24-May-06 22:36:29

have yet to see a duff one. lovely present. glad you liked the look of them

controlfreaky2 Wed 24-May-06 22:37:52

blimey! swear that was only one click!sorry

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